Exhibitions/ Art Object

Barber Shop (1936)

Kota Ezawa (German, born 1969)
Chromogenic transparency
Image: 50.8 x 76.2 cm (20 x 30 in.) Overall: 55.9 x 81.3 x 5.1 cm (22 x 32 x 2 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Charina Foundation Inc. and Henry Nias Foundation Inc. Gifts, 2007
Accession Number:
Not on view
Best known for spellbinding animated sequences based on archival news footage of historic events such as the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the O. J. Simpson verdict, Ezawa has also created his own shadow version of the history of photography. This light-box transparency, generated on the computer using digital drawing software, is based on a Depression-era photograph of a barber shop in Atlanta, Georgia, by the American photographer Walker Evans. Ezawa’s quirky, cartoonish line and individualized handiwork emphasize that there is no image, however familiar, from “out there” that is not also a highly personalized image experienced “in here.”
[Murray Guy, Inc., New York]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Photographs from the Collection XIV," May 15, 2007–September 30, 2007.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "After Photoshop," September 25, 2012–May 27, 2013.

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